Materials research in the Department emphasizes the development of new processes and process models primarily for novel materials in the transportation sector and biomaterials for medical applications and aims at providing materials process solutions of societal magnitude including lightweight materials, cleaner and greener metallurgical processes, engineered materials to replace or repair injured body parts.
The Department fosters a strong interaction with industry through their Industrial Research Chairs. Industrially oriented research is combined with fundamental studies to advance understanding of the microstructure mechanisms and resulting properties.
What makes the program unique?
The department has a strong research record and is particularly proud of its mix of fundamental research coupled with industrial relevance and interaction.
In our research, we work closely with industry partners internationally. We have faculty with world-renowned expertise in hydrometallurgy, sustainability, nanomaterials, biomaterials and ceramics. Recent research developments in the department are helping to reduce environmental impact in the mining industry and enabling new possibilities in medical treatments. We also have a leading role in MagNet, an initiative that aims to achieve significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector.
We have a long history of providing excellence in education and offer one of the top-rated materials programs in North America. Graduates of our program are enjoying rewarding careers locally and internationally in a wide range of industries from mining to advanced electronics, healthcare and aerospace.
The University of British Columbia now ranks solidly within the world’s top 35 universities, according to surveys of more than 1,000 institutions. The Materials Engineering Department contributes to this ranking as a world leader in Materials Process Engineering. Our Department belongs to a distinct group of units at UBC that enjoy an exceptional level of research grants and contracts and our strong performance is due to the outstanding quality of our graduates and faculty members.
There are five Research Chair holders in the Department: Frank Ko – Canada Research Chair in Nanofibrous Materials, Rizhi Wang – Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials, David Dreisinger – Hydrometallurgy Chair, Warren Poole – Rio Tinto Alcan Chair in Materials Process Engineering and Matthias Militzer – Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing.
Materials research in the Department emphasizes the development of new processes and process models primarily for novel materials in the transportation sector and biomaterials for medical applications. The Department fosters a strong interaction with industry through their Industrial Research Chairs. Industrially oriented research is combined with fundamental studies to advance understanding of the microstructure mechanisms and resulting properties.
Materials research in the Department aims at providing materials process solutions of societal magnitude including lightweight materials for the transportation sector, cleaner and greener metallurgical processes, engineered materials to replace or repair injured body parts. For example, Professor Dixon from the Hydrometallurgy Group has developed Galvanox – a new process with the potential to become the method of choice to extract ore in the 21st century. Under the auspices of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Professors Militzer and Poole have developed a hot strip mill model (HSMM) for advanced high strength steels – the model is at the core of the commercial Integ-HSMM software package that is now used worldwide by the steel industry. Professors Poursartip and Fernlund are the co-founders of CMT – a spin-off company for process simulation to manufacturing composite parts that are e.g. used in Boeing’s new 787 aircraft.
Many of the Department’s laboratories and offices for graduate students are located in the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL) – an interdisciplinary facility on campus that brings together materials researchers from Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Having a common home for materials research has promoted cross-disciplinary projects and provides graduate students with an interdisciplinary environment that offers unique opportunities in their training program to become graduates who will be in high demand worldwide for employment in academia and industry.
The department offers opportunities for study in the fields of casting and solidification of metals, ceramic processes and properties, corrosion, composite material processing and properties, hydrometallurgy and electrorefining, physical metallurgy, pyrometallurgy, remelting processes, thermomechanical processing and environmental processing.
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
- Asselin, Edouard (Hydrometallurgy (including leaching, electrometallurgy and residue characterization), Electrochemistry (including high-temperature electrochemistry and sensors).
- Cockcroft, Steven (Clean Energy Research, Physical phenomena in non-ferrous casting, hot tearing, Optimization of industrial casting processes, Mathematical modelling)
- Dixon, David (Fixed-bed leaching).
- Dreisinger, David (Hydrometallurgy industry, iron, copper).
- Fernlund, Goran (Polymer matrix composites, Biomaterials, Adhesive bonding)
- Ko, Frank (Textile Structural Composites).
- Liu, Wenying (Use of seawater in heap leaching; Release of selenium and associated toxic elements from mine waste materials; Heap leach modelling).
- Maijer, Daan (Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow, Stress, Microstructure Materials processing models employed for process control).
- Militzer, Matthias (Multi-scale modelling of microstructure evolution, Physical metallurgy of advanced high strength steels).
- Poole, Warren (Advanced aluminum alloys, High strengths, high formable steels, Metal matrix composites, Microstructure/property models).
- Poursartip, Anoshiravan (Polymer matrix composite materials).
- Sinclair, Chadwick (Predicting the correlation between the structure of alloys, at the microstructural and atomic scale, and their mechanical behaviour).
- Tafaghodi, Leili (Sustainable high-temperature materials processing; Synthesis and refining of high-quality metals and alloys; Thermodynamics; Mineral processing).
- Troczynski, Tom (ceramics, coatings, biomaterials, refractories, fracture, Medical applications, Processing, microstructure and properties of ceramics).
- Wang, Rizhi (Biomaterials, biomechanics Also, the structure and formation processes of biologically formed materials (eg seashells, silk, teeth) and applies the mechanisms to the design and processing of novel materials).
- Xia, Guangrui (Group IV semiconductors in microelectronics; Si-compatible lasers; 2D semiconductors; 3D integration of Ics; Raman spectroscopy).
Sample Thesis Submissions
- Copper (II) hydroxide nanorods grown on copper and nickel plated nanofibres for pseudocapacitor electrodes in regenerative braking.
- Modeling the kinetics of the zinc pressure leaching process - oxidative sphalerite leaching in sulphuric acid media.
- Relationship between particle size distribution and porosity in dump leaching.
- The use of surfactants to aid and improve the leaching of low-grade copper ores.
- Impact of doping on epitaxial Ge thin film quality and Si-Ge interdiffusion.
- Fluoride removal from zinc sulphate solution.
- Phase-field modelling of abnormal grain growth.
- Controllable and scalable thermal sublimation thinning of black phosphorus.
- Thiosulfate leaching of natural Acanthite ore in copper-ammonia-ammonium sulphate medium.
- Electrorefining of high purity manganese.
- Quantification of the heat transfer during the plasma arc remelting of titanium alloys.
- Grain growth and austenite decomposition in two niobium containing line pipe steels.
- Optimization of magnesium removal from hydrometallurgical leach liquors by struvite formation.
- Application of ammonium-citrate-thiosulfate leaching on awaruite-bearing serpentinite ores.
- Process-induced shape distortions in aerospace thermoplastic composites.
TOEFL (IBT) OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT
- ibT Reading 22
- ibT Writing 21
- ibT Listening 22
- ibT Speaking 21
IELTS OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT
- IELTS Reading 6.0
- IELTS Writing 6.0
- IELTS Listening 6.0
- IELTS Speaking 6.0
Cost & Fees
- International students: CAD $8,435.94 per year
- Canadian students: CAD $4,801.80 per year
- Degree: Master of Applied Science
- Subject: Engineering
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Specialization: Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Program Components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
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Last updated December 11, 2017